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Singh in tourney’s final rounds

Singh in tourney’s final rounds
Tekeli pathi - local breakfast meal with Assamese tea. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 16
18:00 2014

When Fiji’s Vijay Singh carded a one over par 73 on Thursday, many who turned up to watched the former world number one in action at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course thought he won’t make it to the final rounds.

But the 51-year-old who admitted to be playing with a sore back proved many critics wrong with a five over par 77 to get total score of that booked him a place in the top 60.

He shot four bogeys on the (2nd 5th , 10th and 11th double bogey at 16 and four birdies at 6th ,14th , 15th and 17th ).

That means Vijay who was ranked world number one for 32 consecutive weeks in 2004 and 2005 is still in the contention.

The mission, he said, was to play well for his Fijian fans today.

“I was kind of protective about my back and that was not going to help me play well if I’m going to make that lame excuse,” he said.

“I struck the ball really well, made some errors here and there, it was a tough day.

“I was focusing on my game and at the same time trying to figure out how I’m going to improve this golf course. It’s the first time this ever happened to me and yesterday (Thursday) was the same thing but I managed to scrape through or maybe I was able to play a little bit more free in the weekend.”

“It’s sore every time I hit, but it’s nothing I’m not used to. I’ve been playing with it for a while now. “It’s not going to stop me from trying to play good golf.”

Singh, who designed the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course before it was opened in 2009, believes he can still work himself into contention.

“I’m going to be a lot more aggressive, I’m going out early and hopefully the wind stays down,” Singh said. “I’m still in the game. The leader’s at 7-under so he’s got all the pressure. It’s not an easy golf course. If I can shoot three, four and five under tomorrow, we’ll see what happens on Sunday,” he said with a grin.

Meanwhile, other Fijian professionals Dinesh Chand (151) and Krishna Singh (152) retired at 69th and 81st spot respectively with Sam Lee (152) too.

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